- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Two Glendale landscapers who were struck by lightning during a monsoon storm are recovering from their injuries.

Thirty-one-year-old Thomas Mendoza and 17-year-old Carlos Mungia were working on a Phoenix yard when lightning hit them Monday morning.

Their co-worker, Alan Chute, says the two men had been standing on the sidewalk while he was on the dirt. Mendoza was knocked backward into a palm tree and Mungia was slammed against a vehicle.

Chute drove the men to the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Integrated Health System.

Mendoza says he couldn’t feel his lower body for several hours but was able to take his first steps Tuesday morning.

Both Mendoza and Mungia are expected to make full recoveries.

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